Climate Change Minister, Phil Woolas, is inviting the industrial, commercial and community sector to apply for grants from a £4million fund to support the installations of biomass-fuelled heating and combined heat & power (CHP) projects, including anaerobic digesters.
In a bid to tackle climate change and promote the use of biomass for energy and CHP plants, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is funding the Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme. Businesses such as pubs, shops, recycling centres and supermarkets and food processing companies are being encouraged to apply-but the scheme is not opened to householders or individuals. Defra will award capital grants towards the cost of installing biomass boilers of CHP equipment.
There is no minimum grant aid and the maximum is £100,000 per installation.
Woolas said: We have to take serious steps to tackle climate change by reducing our carbon footprint. As almost half of our CO2 emissions are the result of heating buildings or water for industrial processes, switching our dependence on fossil fuels to more energy efficient equipment makes sense.
Funding to support the installation of biomass-fuelled heat boilers and CHP plants can really make a difference and I invite all those who are eligible to apply.
The Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme is part of the UK Environmental Transformation Fund (ETF); a joint Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform and Defra fund to bring forward the development of new low carbon energy and energy efficiency technologies in the UK.
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